GM Sergey Karjakin

Full name
Sergey Karjakin
Born
Jan 12, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth
Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Russia
Profiles

The most notable chess prodigy in the history of chess, Sergey Karjakin holds all of the records. He has the record for youngest International Master in history (11 years old) and youngest Grandmaster in history (12 years old), records that both continue to stand. He also crossed the 2700 rating mark before he turned 18. So all of these records were broken before he even became a legal adult! Great things to come soon from this bright star.

Sergey Karjakin learned to play chess when he was 5 years old and in a short amount of time, he became an International Master when he was 11 years old. He became the youngest Grandmaster in history when, at the age of 12, he was awarded the title. This is a record that still stands to this day. At the age of 14, he defeated Vladimir Kramnik, the reigning World Champion at the time, in a blitz game. He reached the semi-finals of a World Championship qualifier tournament before losing to Alexei Shirov. In January 2008, Karjakin cracked the 2700 rating for the first time, with a rating of 2732 and a world ranking of number 13. He accomplished this feat just before he turned 18 years old. He has continued to add up the tournament victories and high placing throughout the years and is currently ranked among the top 10 players in the world.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Reti Opening (33) : A04 A06 A05
Queen's Gambit Declined (23) : D30 D38 D37 D51 D35
Giuoco Piano Game (41) : C50 C53 C51 C54
King's Indian Attack (36) : A07 A08
Nimzo-Indian Defense (4) : E51 E20 E32
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (16) : A01
Caro-Kann Defense (74) : B12 B10 B19 B17 B15 B16
Petrov's Defense (63) : C42 C43
Saragossa Opening (1) : A00
Queen's Pawn Opening (10) : D02 A40 D00
Gruenfeld Defense (13) : D86 D91 D85 D97 D87 D94
Italian Game (7) : C55 C58 C57 C59
Bishop's Opening (11) : C24 C28
Pirc Defense (37) : B09 B07
Dutch Defense (4) : A86 A80 A90 A97
London System (4) : A48
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Scandinavian Defense (12) : B01
Semi-Slav Defense (3) : D45
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Queen's Indian Defense (8) : E15 E16 E17
Catalan Opening (2) : E00
Four Knights Game (5) : C47
King's Indian Defense (7) : E61 E81 D70 E97 E91
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Modern Defense (13) : B06 B07 A41
Vienna Game (1) : C26
Scotch Game (12) : C45 C44
King's Pawn Opening (2) : B00
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Philidor Defense (8) : C41
Queen's Gambit Accepted (3) : D22 D27
Alekhine Defense (7) : B04 B05
Benoni Defense (5) : A60 A70
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (20) : D02 D25 D00
Giuoco Piano Game (33) : C50 C54 C53 C51
Reti Opening (36) : A06 A04 A05 A09
King's Indian Attack (34) : A07
Catalan Opening (50) : E00 E06 E01 E05
Queen's Gambit Declined (25) : D30 D41 D37 D35
Caro-Kann Defense (3) : B18 B13 B17
Scotch Game (19) : C44 C45
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Four Knights Game (24) : C46 C47 C48
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (20) : A01
Trompowsky Attack (4) : A45
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Center Game Accepted (3) : C22
King's Indian Defense (9) : E60 E97 E61 E67
Queen's Indian Defense (83) : E15 E14 E12
Semi-Slav Defense (65) : D45 D43 D44 D47 D49 D48
Queen's Gambit Accepted (62) : D27 D20 D23 D24 D28
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Colle System (3) : D05 D04
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Torre Attack (2) : A46
Bird's Opening (3) : A03
Modern Defense (2) : A42 B06
Vienna Game (2) : C26 C29
Italian Game (9) : C58 C55 C56
Gruenfeld Defense (15) : D85 D90 D97 D91 D96
Benoni Defense (4) : A60 A70 A57 A65
London System (1) : A48
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C32
Undefined (2) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32 D34
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Pirc Defense (6) : B09 B07
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D78
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Dutch Defense (1) : A80
Alekhine Defense (1) : B03

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